LAHORE: Former premier Nawaz Sharif has been shifted to the Services Hospital in Lahore after Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar’s approval following the recommendation of the medical board.
Reportedly, a VVIP room has been prepared in the hospital where three-member medical board will examine his health condition.
In this regard, Punjab’s interior ministry issued directives to shift him from the Kot Lakhpat Jail to the hospital and he is expected to stay there until his medical tests and examination is concluded.
Punjab Information and Culture Minister Fayyazul Hassan Chohan has sadi that Sharif will be sent bck to jail once his health becomes better.
“He is being provided best facilities in every way. Nawaz is also been given his favourite dishes in jail,” said the minister.
Yesterday, the medical board examined Sharif in the jail and recommended shifting him to the hospital due to his deteriorating health condition.
Earlier on January 28, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) adjourned hearing of a bail petition filed by Sharif in the Al-Azizia reference case on the basis of medical grounds till February 6.
The petition has sought bail and suspension of Sharif’s sentence with a reasoning that he has been suffering from heart and kidney problems along with hypertension.
The court issued notice to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and ordered the jail superintendent to submit all medical reports of Sharif on the next hearing.
Earlier, advocate Khwaja Harris submitted the petition together with a medical report that recommended shifting Sharif to a hospital for treatment.
The report – composed by a special medical board that examined Sharif – has mentioned that he has already undergone three heart surgeries.
The petition has pleaded with the court to suspend the accountability court’s verdict till the final decision on the appeal in the Al-Azizia reference case, and grant bail to Sharif on medical grounds.
The accountability court on December 24 convicted Sharif in the Al-Azizia reference and sentenced him to seven years in prison, and acquitted him in the Flagship reference case filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in Mega corruption scandal.-Web Desk